Ok first of all I'm new to the forums and the civilization franchise but with all the negative threads that I've seen recently I thought some would enjoy some positive feedback. My experience with civilization started with civ rev. I liked it but like all console strategy games, it lacked the depth that I wanted so I eventually decided to make the leap over to civ 4. My first experience with civ 4 wasn't good. I'm usually an aggresive player and the stacks of doom really bothered me so civ 4 didn't get much playtime until recently. When I saw that civ 5 was coming out soon and all the new features that it had, I decided to jump back in to civ 4. I bought both the expansion packs and played around with some mods until civ 5 was realeased. This will mostly be a summary of my conquest since I really don't remember all the little details that happened. I decided to play as Greece first because of its unique ability with city states. I was planning on going for a diplomatic victory by befriending as much city states as possible. The map was huge earth and standard time. I later realized that starting on a huge map was a mistake because I had to go down to mostly medium video settings and the turns got really long (up to 1 min) near the end. Anyways, I start up my campaign (really liked the history of my empire narration at the beginning BTW) and used my brave warriors to scout the country side. I soon realize that my glorious greek civilization is situated on the east coast of India. Hmmm interesting. I'm not gonna lie the first 100 turns were I wouldn't say boring but it was a slow start. I met two military city states in Persia and northern India, Siam next to the city state in Persia and England in nothern China. I suffered a few setbacks early on from some barbarians. I lost a warrior and had to get an archer out real quick to defend my city. It seems like the barbarians are kinda shy about moving in to attack. Ok fast-foward to the future. I have three fine greek cities situated in India. The English are expanding rapidly in China and Siam is inching closer into Northwest India. I am allied with the military city state (Budapest I think) in northern India and Monaco, a culture city state, who I found in Thailand. I founded a new city in Northwest India by a river and that's when things started to get a little tense with our Siamese neighbors. I will end this post for now just to see if anyone actually cares about reading this lol (and to generate a little suspense ). If you would like me to scour my memory for more details just let me know.